What’s up guys! Kate and I just finished our Moeraki East Coast road trip and I decided to vlog the whole thing! It’s my first vlog style video, so I hope you like it! P.s. I’ve got a gimble on the way, too excited for all these videos to come! Click the link below to check out my new video!
How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god.
– Alan Watts
As I think about this quote, I wonder who else sees the world in this way. If we really sit back and realize that we are little cells on a spinning rock that orbits around larger rocks in the middle of space, why aren’t we mind blown every day at how beautiful this is? Why don’t we realize that the little problems we may have with our colleagues or friends are absolutely minor? Or that we are blessed with legs that allow us to walk and experience amazing things in life.
Don’t you think existence is really weird? We are meant to go to school, work, get married, have kids, retire, die. Is that all there is? I don’t know about anybody else, but when I realized this was the path that most people were taking, I got extremely uninspired. “Oh, I’m just going to be like everyone else, get proposed to in a special way that has been done millions of times, go on a honeymoon somewhere everyone else has been to, and throw myself under the bus taking care of my family”, this doesn’t seem very exciting to me. Why do we all do this? Is this the normal thing to do? Are we all enjoying this way of life? It seems very mechanical, routine and uninspiring.
Don’t you find it odd that when you’re a child, everyone encourages you to follow your dreams? But when you grow up they laugh if you even try.
– Ethan Hawke
If I asked you if money didn’t matter, would you still be doing the same thing you’re doing now? Why on earth should money be a factor in deciding the path of your life? If your dream is to spray paint cars, wouldn’t you spend the little money you have on supplies and practice every day? You will get noticed for your talent and hired by your portfolio. But instead, you continue to work meaningless jobs and spend your money foolishly in confusion of what your true purpose is.
I’m not necessarily telling you to “live like there is no tomorrow”, but merely to realize you are so special. Do you think the reality of you being here is to work your life away? Will you look back at your life when your 80 and be thankful you were a good employee? Or that you were able to own many things? Don’t you want your life to end knowing you made the most out of every opportunity? Wouldn’t you rather be happy with a job you’re passionate about and a small house with only what you need? Then continue your life with a job you hate that pays well so you can buy material happiness that quickly fades in your cluttered house?
I invite you to think about the many questions I’ve asked you. When you were a child, what did you dream of being when you were older? Have you lived up to your younger self’s expectations? Wouldn’t it be a huge shame to ignore the entire reason why you were put on this earth?
Please, have a cup of tea, set aside ten minutes out of your day to look out of a window and think about all of this.
What gives you passion?
The photos below are from an awesome sunset Jordan and I went on the other day! Skippers Canyon is the scariest road in Queenstown and perhaps all of New Zealand. It’s a pure cliff above and below, and it is absolutely stunning! I love coming to this spot because there is almost never anyone here. I wish it wasn’t so cold over here so I could sit here and meditate for a while. Enjoy my photos, I am so happy with how they turned out!
Well hello there! Here’s another New Zealand adventure. Today I headed over to Clay Cliffs with my friend Zach! We tried to head over there for sunrise because it would have been awesome, but silly Zach got a little bit lost and we had a beautiful sunrise somewhere else. Clay Cliffs during the day it was! I mean I can’t completely blame it on him, but I was being a lazy bum still sleeping in the back of the van. It was quite a cloudy day so the sky doesn’t look too interesting in my photos. Nonetheless, the Clay Cliffs are really neat. As I climbed up them, I could totally feel the clay under my feet – it was so slippery!
Check out my photos below and let me know if you think I went to Mars, or Clay Cliffs? Seriously such a cool place to get some photos! Zach makes my photos look better as well, I mean a cool dude on a bike always helps the photos right? We didn’t end up staying here long because we wanted to head on another mission, but they are definitely a must do!
My Fiji Movie
Since I just got back from Fiji, I thought It was time to whip up a “My Fiji Movie”. From jet skiing, to snorkelling, tanning on the beach to sipping’ on Pina coladas, I can easily say I had an amazing time in Fiji. I landed in Nadi, took a taxi over to Denarau and lived in a princess. After staying there a few night, I headed over to Matamanoa to hang out on the coolest Island. In my past travels I’d always done backpacking and non-relaxing holiday, so I was happy to have a princess holiday booked! It took a day, but I got the “Fiji time” walking pace on point. By the last day I was walking slower than a grandpa would walk, I was so chill!
One of my favourite parts of the entire trip was the helicopter ride! I have never been on one, and it was such a surreal feeling. I think it’s something I’m going to be doing everywhere! Waking up for sunrise and getting a massage was also spectacular. Ahh too many good moments, check out My Fiji Movie to see how amazing this place is!
Interested in Fiji? Check out a few articles I’ve written.
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How to live & work abroad
I get asked this question so many times. How do I live abroad? How do I have enough money to keep traveling? Isn’t it scary to jump into a whole new country and live there? Deciding to move to New Zealand was the best decision I ever made, and I’d love to share with you how you can do it as well!
Here are my steps to get YOU traveling
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It’s great to have the “idea” in mind that you want to travel, but do you really know exactly where you want to go?
Do you want to make loads of money, or just a little bit? It always helps to know what you are looking to experience.
Write down all of the key things you want from your experience.
Depending on which passport you hold, this could extremely vary your options. Each country has a different agreement with other countries. For example, on a Canadian passport there are certain countries I can go to and do a Working Holiday Visa. A WHV is exactly that, a visa where you can move to that country and work for a certain amount of time. Which is pretty exciting because it gives you absolutely no excuses as to why you can’t travel, because you can MAKE MONEY as well!
Below I will list a few countries and their website information. If your country is not there, I would suggest typing into Google “Working Holiday for -country-” and checking out your options!
Look into your Working Holiday Visa options around the world.
If the country matches exactly what kind of experience you’re looking for, apply! It’s easy, just make sure you comply with all the requirements of the WHV for that specific country and APPLY!
Sometimes your needed to have a decent amount of savings to get into the country, mainly so that you can sustain yourself and buy a flight back if needed. While you’ve applied and your waiting on your results, look into what that country has to offer.
Think about where you’d like to live within the country and activities you’d like to be doing.
This is GO TIME! You know you’ve been accepted, and you usually have a certain amount of months to enter the country you’re going to. You’ve worked hard to save the money requirements, the flight money and maybe some extra money. Now is when you buy your flight! This is when you should start getting very excited!
Book that flight. I suggest a one way ticket – you never know what your plans will be once you’ve completed your year and grown so much as a person.
I’ve only done one Working Holiday Visa so far, but I’m going to share with you my tips.
- Save money to do a road trip before you settle in one location
- Choose where you want to settle after you’ve seen everything. The worst thing would be to settle in one location and wished you would have settled in another. Or maybe just don’t settle at all!
- Try something new, something that country is known for
- In New Zealand I worked on Vineyards. NZ is known for it’s amazing wine
- Stay in hostels
- This is going to help you make loads of friends, and maybe you’ll want to settle in the same place together
- BUY A VAN
- Yes, of course I’d suggest this. But seriously, It’s the best thing I ever did. Cheap travel, pure freedom and simplicity.
- Travel alone
- You’ll be forced out of your comfort zone and learn so much about yourself. In turn grow so much as a person!
Don’t sit on your butt and watch others follow their travel passions – Get up and make your own plan. The worst thing I see is people who say to themselves “I’ll travel once I have a successful career and have the money to spend”. Most times they stay in their office for years, saving for something – spending it on big screen tv’s and laptops. They never end up traveling, and the time just flies by.
I know, some people truly love working in the office and coming home to their big screen tv’s, but I’m not talking to them. I’m talking to YOU. The person who has that itch deep down inside, to travel, to see the world and have new experiences. If you have that itch, start researching, apply and eventually buy that ticket. I urge you to try it once, if you don’t like it, go back to your normal life.
The time is now, research, and make it a plan – not a dream. P.S. Most countries STOP Working Holiday Visas at age 31, so hurry up!